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Broadband Briefs for 7/18/08

Fri, 07/18/2008 - 8:00am

Comcast ups HD count in Baltimore
By Traci Patterson

According to the Baltimore Business Journal, Comcast is offering additional high-definition (HD) programming for customers in the greater Baltimore area.

Baltimore’s largest cable operator has added ABC Family HD, Disney Channel HD, the Science Channel HD, WUTB My24 HD and WGN HD to its lineup.

By year’s end, Comcast expects to offer subscribers more than 1,000 movies and TV shows in HD.

TWC adds another PowerBoost market
By Brian Santo

Time Warner Cable has expanded the availability of PowerBoost, providing the feature to its high-speed data customers in its San Antonio, Texas, system. TWC first offered PowerBoost in its New York system last month.

Power Boost is the ability to temporarily burst download speeds when the system detects a customer is downloading a large file.

Road Runner customers with current speeds of 10 Mbps could have their bandwidth increased up to 16 Mbps, for example.

DirecTV, NBCU offer Olympics package via VOD
By Traci Patterson

This summer, DirecTV customers have access to a video-on-demand (VOD) Olympics programming package, made possible by an agreement with NBC Universal (NBCU).

DirecTV on Demand was launched in June (story here) and is available to those customers who have the DirecTV Plus HD DVR or R22 DVR receiver.

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• Verizon, NBCU bringing Olympics coverage to Verizon subs

• Local regulators chime in on broadband policy

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• Elemental Technologies secures $7.1M in venture capital

• Schmidt: Google facing 'more challenging economic environment'

• Broadband Briefs for 7/18/08

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